Are you planning a bike ride to Dalhousie and Khajjiar or want to know more about the places of interest in Dalhousie. If yes, you are at the right place, in today’s article I would discuss more about my ride from Delhi to Dalhousie and Khajjiar.
I wanted to go to Dalhousie since long and every time the plan was cancelled due to some circumstances. So finally, the day came when I decided that I would go to Dalhousie on my Royal Enfield for a three long trip.
I started off my journey at 05:00 AM in morning. I decided that I would go to Pathankot via Sonipat-Karnal-Ambala-Ludhiana-Jalandhar and thereafter if I reach Pathankot on time, I would proceed further towards Dalhousie.
I took my first pit stop at Neelkanth Dhaba, Sonipat and as usual the owner gave me the special Biker’s discount. I moved on and I reached Jalandhar at around 02:00 PM. I rushed towards Pathankot which is around 100 odd kilometers from Jalandhar. As I was throttling down the highway, I heard I weird sound in my chain. I halted my bike and came to know that the lock of my chain had gone loose and I was around 25 kilometers from Pathankot. I reduced my speed and I reached Pathankot at around 06:00 PM.
Luckily, I came to know from another biker en-route Srinagar that there is a Royal Enfield service center in Pathankot by the name of Cashmir Automobiles and that too on the main road. I got my bike chain replaced and rented a room next to the Service Center in Hotel Unite as I was late while getting my bike repaired. I was lucky that it was not night when the bike chain started to malfunction. I got the room in the hotel just for 1000 bucks and it was pretty decent hotel.
The next day, I started my ride early in the morning and I checked my Google maps and found that Dalhousie is just 100 odd kilometers from Pathankot. The weather was awesome and I took my first halt at a small town called Dunera and this place is famous for Aam Papad. The last time I came to this route while on my ride to Purthu (the mini Goa), I had taken Aam Papad back home and every body loved it. You can read more about my ride to Purthu here: Purthu Mini Goa
I reached Dalhousie at around 12 noon and without wasting time I continued my journey towards Khajjiar. The road is full of curves and one should be extra careful while riding or driving on these roads. The wind was very cold and I was loving it.
I reached Khajjiar at around 02:00 PM and checked in the Hotel. The places of interest in and around Dalhousie and Khajjiar are:
Kalatop wildlife sanctuary
This is a place famous for its rich Flora and Fauna and one can easily spot Himalayan Marten, Leopards, Bears, Jackals and Deers. This place is around six kilometers from Dalhousie city center and is a must visit.
St. Francis Catholic Church
This place is a heaven for people who love architecture. This church was built around 1850 and is a very famous place if you are in Dalhousie.
I did not get a chance to visit this place. However, as per a few locals this place is a trek of about an hour from Dalhousie and is situated in Bakrota Hills. This hill gets its name from Ganji means “Bald” in hindi as there is no vegetation on the top of this hill.
Mall Road, Dalhousie
This is the place where one should go for shopping. One can find items made of wood and one can bring them home for children. Also, one can enjoy Maggi at this place.
This place is called the mini Switzerland of India and is famous for the shooting of the movie song of Anil Kapoor. This place is a valley and is surrounded by Pine and Deodar trees on its side. This place is rich in scenic beauty.
I really enjoyed the day spent in Dalhousie and Khajjiar and would visit again if I get a chance. I started my journey back to New Delhi the next day at around 05:00 and it was very chilly till I reached Pathankot. Pathankot is the place where the hilly roads come to an end.
I reached New Delhi at around 10:00 PM and I really enjoyed every bit of it. One should certainly visit this place, if one is looking to escape from the hustle of the city for a few days.